Cole and I joined my husband’s company for a 5K this past weekend. The race benefited Homeboy Industries, a non-profit that began in Los Angeles, that successfully provides former gang members with education, counseling, training, opportunity and support. It’s a pretty remarkable organization. I’ve been to events where the “homeboys” and “homegirls” have shared their life stories and reform. They’re amazing people who inspire and serve as an example of what can happen when people take care to support and invest in each other.

We’ve done several 5K’s with Cole. It’s a great way to start a weekend and a pretty effortless way to support local non-profits. We’ve done a little volunteer work through the years as well and we feel it’s important for Cole to understand the value of helping others in whatever way we can. He helps pack up outgrown toys and clothes for donation each year. He understands that despite the challenges he faces in his life fortunate we are to have good health, family and friends who we love and who love us, a roof over our heads and food in our bellies.

It would be easy to let him off the hook on charity but it’s important that we all recognize that we can contribute to bettering the world in small ways as well as with grand gesture.

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